The winner of the final prize in the 30th season of Prince of Asturias awards — the Concord prize — has been named as Manos Unidas, or United Hands.
The Spanish Catholic NGO was chosen from a list of 34 nominees coming from 19 countries.
It’s a Catholic organisation based in Madrid, formed by a group of Spanish women in 1960 with the aim of declaring war against hunger.
Manos Unidas lists among its fields of expertise: Education, Emergencies, Food and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, health, Training and development, Water and sanitation, Women’s issues and agriculture.
Throughout scores of third world countries around the globe, the list of projects it has launched runs well into the thousands: it has 4,500 volunteers, and also draws on the expertise of external specialists in various fields.
The main focus of its work is education for development and financing for projects, so that – according to the president of Manos Unidas – those in need can develop their own skills.